BSP CEO Robin Fleming on Friday 18th June, 2021, presented two fully-kitted state of the art conference equipment and interactive LED ‘65 inch multi-functional screens to Chairman of the Directorate of Social Change and Mental Health Services, Cardinal Sir John Ribat and Acting Director of the Directorate of Social Change and Mental Health Services Dr Uma Ambi.
“This is one Community Project that we know, in keeping up with technology – will help the directorate to effectively discharge its duty,” Mr Fleming said during the handover that was witnessed by BSP Human Resource team through a Zoom session.
Dr Uma Ambi said the directorate in the past carried out its programs using a high frequency radio to conduct training to general health workers on mental health and look after patients in rural areas who cannot access the services offered at provincial town clinics.
“Today you have made a huge difference in mental health services.
This equipment is of greatest asset to us.
They can see our faces; we do not have to pay to travel around the country. Imagine the cost effective benefit this brings. In order to be productive, we have to be mentally healthy.
BSP’s investment in mental health services in the country is immeasurable and I am sure over a period we will be able to give you feedback of a return on your investment,” said Dr Ambi.
Cardinal Sir John Ribat in thanking BSP Human Resources Team for the assistance said while the directorate was formed in 2010, it has had its challenges in service delivery but through the Zoom Video Conferencing equipment, they “can now reach out to the provinces easily through Zoom sessions.
This is a great contribution to our work in supporting this service (mental health directorate).
“I’m grateful that this support has come to enable us to reach out to people in another way as your journey with us in addressing mental health in the country,” Cardinal Sir John added.
BSP Human Resources team delivered the equipment, which is valued at more than
K38, 000 as part of its Community Project initiative in 2021.